Olympic Veterans Black & Rogers Top the Field on First Day of Rio Selection Camp
Gymnastics Canada – GATINEAU, QC (June 27, 2016) – Canada’s 2012 Olympic veterans, Ellie Black of Halifax, NS and Brittany Rogers of Vancouver, BC displayed their ability to keep calm under pressure and to perform when it matters on the first day of competition at the Rio Selection Camp in Gatineau, as they finished first and second respectively all-around. The camp features 11 of Canada’s top women’s artistic gymnasts, all competing for one of five spots on the Canadian team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.
Black was rock solid on her vault, scoring 15.100 to take first on that apparatus, followed closely behind by Rogers with a score of 15.067. Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC showed why she’s a top contender for the Olympic team with a 14.967 vault to finish third. Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, MB, who has been having a stellar season including being named the all-around champion at both the 2016 Elite Canada competition and 2016 Canadian Championships, had an uncharacteristic fall on the event which left her with no score, dropping her to last in the all-around standings after the first day.
Onyshko has little to fear from that result however, as she placed first on beam with a beautiful stuck routine for a score of 15.100, and second on uneven bars and floor.
Also having strong results were Madison Copiak of Calgary, AB who placed second on beam with a score of 13.900, and Megan Roberts of Toronto, ON who tied for third with Black on the uneven bars with a score of 14.100.
There will be another competition on Wednesday morning at 11am ET, following which the selection committee will name the first three athletes who will have qualified for the team based on the number of points they have accumulated from the 2015 World Championships (15%), 2016 Elite Canada (15%), 2016 Canadian Championships (35%), select international competitions between February and March (15%), and this selection camp (50%). The remaining two athletes will be named on Thursday as part of the official team announcement with the Canadian Olympic Committee.
“We have various priorities to consider when we decide on which athletes to choose,” stated Dave Brubaker, national team director for women’s artistic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “One priority is the ability to win a medal, another priority is the ability to make a final. Then there’s the priority to be strong on two, preferably three events. So for those fourth and fifth spots, we’re really looking for event specialists who can help contribute to that overall team total. When we look at our results from the World Championships in Glasgow, we were really strong on vault and bars, so I think where we can bolster the team is on floor and beam, so those are the athletes we might be looking for.”
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